Sustainability: Dairy Industry Leads The Way

April 21, 2014–

April 22 is Earth Day, a celebration of our planet and a chance to learn more about how the dairy industry leads the way when it comes to sustainability.

Christian Poggensee, DeLaval North American President on DairyLine

Christian Poggensee, DeLaval North American President with DairyLine’s Bill Baker at World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

DeLaval is a company with 4,500 employees in 100 markets  and has transformed the buzz word ‘sustainability’ into a business strategy. The company’s vision recognizes a shared corporate social responsibility.

“Sustainable food production supports the need to feed a growing world population in a way that makes the industry, people and the earth economically, environmentally and socially better – now and for future generations,” said Christian Poggensee, DeLaval Regional President, North America.

For the second year in a row, DeLaval helped sponsor the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award. The awards are organized each year by the Sustainability Council at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which was established under the leadership of dairy farmers. DeLaval has been a member of the Council since 2010. Poggensee said the awards mirror the vision of DeLaval – to make sustainable food production possible.

“These awards are a platform for sharing ideas and engaging in discussions that seek productive, responsible solutions to meet the demand for nutritious dairy products,” he said. “DeLaval is proud to be a part of these conversations as the term ‘sustainable dairy farming’ evolves from buzzword to business strategy.”

He reported DeLaval is committed to supporting dairy farmers around the world to do more with less. This translates to reducing the environmental footprint of farms, while improving food production, farm profitability, and the well-being of the people and animals involved.

“At DeLaval, this challenge generates opportunities for smarter technologies and services designed to increase resource efficiencies,” he said. “DeLaval believes we can make a difference to the overall sustainability of dairy farms in six key areas: feed, animal health, manure, energy, water and working conditions.”

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